Music

A major and minor are offered in Music.

The Franklin Pierce Difference

Handel's Messiah at Franklin Pierce University
 

The Music curriculum provides a foundation for students who intend to pursue graduate study or a professional career in music. The program at Franklin Pierce University offers a wide array of opportunities for instrumental and vocal study, performance, and the pursuit of music theory, history and music technology.

Franklin Pierce music ensembles perform at the University, throughout the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire and beyond. In addition to required courses for each concentration Music majors must complete the Individual and Community liberal arts core courses to gain skills in effective communication, critical thinking, creative problem solving and collaboration. This provides a competitive advantage in today's music industry where musicians must be able to describe and promote their work and collaborate with teams of artists, producers and others in the field.

Listen


Franklin Pierce University Singers

Listen to the Franklin Pierce University Singers perform the Franklin Pierce alma mater "We Remember Well".




Course Details

Franklin Pierce University Jazz EnsembleStudents can pursue one of three concentration areas in Music: the Performance Concentration, the Professional Concentration and the Music Technology Concentration. An audition must be passed for acceptance into the Performance Concentration. All Music majors must participate in a performance seminar at the end of every semester of private instruction, to demonstrate progress in their major instrument.

Read more about the Concentration in Music Technology.



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I've taken courses like Choral Union, Conducting, Women in Music and Computer Music. These classes have definitely given me a chance to explore more of the world of music. Because of them, I plan to pursue graduate work in Music and Women's Studies after graduating from Franklin Pierce University. I intend to conduct a small group while teaching Women in Music at the college level.

       - Rose Vargas, '09





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Want to know more?

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Download a Music Program Sheet to view on screen or print, or view the College at Rindge Academic Catalog for specific degree requirements and course information.

Contact

Franklin Pierce University
College at Rindge
1.800.437.0048
admissions@franklinpierce.edu

 

 

FACULTY

Professor 

David Brandes
Professor of Music
B. Mus., New England Conservatory
M.Mus., Boston University
brandede@franklinpierce.edu 
Music Theory and Composition

Associate Professor 
Paul Scharfenberger
Associate Professor of Music
B.Mus., University of Lowell
M.A., Keene State College
scharfpe@franklinpierce.edu
Music History
Popular Music
Women and Music
Early Music and Contemporary Music

Assistant Professor
Lou Bunk
Assistant Professor of Music/Music Technology
B.A., Central Connecticut State University
M.A., Washington University
Ph.D., Brandeis University
bunkl@franklinpierce.edu
Music Technology

Lecturers

Robert Johnson
Lecturer, English
Artist's Diploma, Boston Conservatory
johnsonr@franklinpierce.edu
Piano

Denise Nolan
Lecturer of Music
B.Mus., Keene State College
B.S., Franklin Pierce University
M.M., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
noland@franklinpierce.edu
Flute
Monadnock Flutes

Lecturers
Floyd Oster

Lecturer of Music
A.A., Keene State College
osterf@franklinpierce.edu
Trumpet
Brass Ensemble

Richard Page
Lecturer, Music
B.A., Westfield State College
pagerl@franklinpierce.edu
Clarinet and Saxophone
Jazz Ensemble

Christopher Swist
Lecturer of Music
Percussion
Percussion Ensemble

Scott Sanchez
Lecturer, Music
B.Mus., University of Denver
M.Mus., Yale University
sanchezs@franklinpierce.edu
Guitar
Guitar Ensemble

Cornelia Schwartz
Lecturer, Music
B.M., M.M., The Juilliard School
schwartz.c@franklinpierce.edu
Violin

Jim Sharrock
Lecturer, Music
B.A., M.A., Louisiana State University
sharrockj@franklinpierce.edu
Oboe

Dorothy Yanish
Lecturer, Music
B.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
M.Mus., Catholic University of America School of Music
yanishd@franklinpierce.edu
Voice

Curricular and
Co-curricular Opportunities

 

The Music Department teaches techniques in the Pro Tools software that professional recording engineers are using today throughout the music and film industries.



Vocal ensembles. Lachrimae provides an opportunity to perform in period costume, the music and dance of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Choral Union explores a wide range of vocal literature, both contemporary and traditional.


Instrumental ensembles are open to all qualified students (majors and non-majors) for credit or non-credit, including Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Flute Ensemble and our Contemporary Music Ensemble called Defenestration.


Franklin Pierce students have gained valuable professional experience by interning with organizations such as The Boston Early Music Festival, Trod Nossel Studios, In Wallingford CT and High and Dry Studios, in Boston.


The annual spring musical gives students an opportunity to present public performances of major Broadway musicals and new musicals.

Student Success

 

Franklin Pierce University music students are supported and encouraged to pursue internships in music to enhance their knowledge and experience. Culminating projects include a Senior Recital demonstrating an advanced level of applied instruction and performance professionalism; or a Senior Project for professional and technology track music students demonstrating advanced level of substantial research, creative work demonstrating proficiency in an area of musical interest and preparation.


Graduates have taught Pro Tools, worked at state-of-the-art recording studios, conducted ensembles, and become professional performing musicians. Many have also gone on to further their degrees and to become educators.